Parliament turned into a mini battle field this afternoon, after Government and Joint Opposition Parliamentarians clashed over the withdrawal of military security of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The clash resulted in several MPs receiving injuries, while UNP MP Sandith Samarasinghe was rushed to the Accident Service after sustaining injuries, and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya suspending Parliament for 5 minutes due to the tense situation, which erupted as Minister Sarath Fonseka made a speech in parliament over the withdrawal of Rajapaksa’s security. Later, Jayasuriya postponed the Parliamentary sessions for tomorrow.
The military security provided to Rajapaksa was withdrawn yesterday, and replaced with police personnel. Before the withdrawal, Rajapaksa had a security detail of 102 personnel, which included five Army Majors and 45 Commandos.